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  • Expat Exchange - Ajijic - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    the retire abroad process Most international blogs suggest that people rent for a year In our case we decided to buy which has worked out well for us The fact that our home in Washington sold in 3 days put us on a fast track We selected a home that did not meet our perceived needs but has worked out OK What is life like for a retiree in your city and its surroundings Is there an active expat community Cultural Attractions Recreation Nightlife Ajijic is definitely a retirement area The majority of the expat population appears to be over 60 That said there are numerous cultural activities plus exploratory trips around the area and other Mexico venues Night life is somewhat subdued but at 75 bed time comes early for us What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country How difficult was this process Please describe We used our recommended attorney which was a great move We applied at the Mexican consulate in Seattle which took four hours We brought proof of income passports and that was it Our attorney had suggested that we apply for one permanent for me and one temporary visa for my wife This allowed us to bring the car down under her name It also sped the shipment of household goods using her temp visa The cost of the attorney minimal was well worth the price He had the local connections that moved the paper along When we arrived in Ajijic we immediately started the local paperwork for our visas After being finger printed and filling out a couple of forms we had our visas in 10 days Did you buy a home or apartment or rent one Is this a difficult process Please describe We purchased a home Buying is easy but selling is a challenge so they say Ours went well and we have moved over 20 times in our marriage so buying and selling homes is not new to us One serious recommendation is to get an attorney to look over the papers and assist in closing Realtors here run from great to not so and having a knowledgeable third set of eyes makes the process painless Financially has living abroad in your host country met your expectations Exceeded them Initial indications are that living in Mexico will meet or exceed our expectations Our motivation was to find a place where we could live within our income until such time as we may require assisted living Having gone through a number of years of paying over 6 000 a month for a family member in assisted living was a big reason for our move We didn t want to put this kind of burden on our children Assisted living here if needed is affordable and the care meets or exceeds what we paid for earlier What are the most important financial considerations for retiring to your host country For us living within our

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/96/72058/77/Mexico/Retirement-In-Ajijic (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Al-Khobar - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Arabia Expat Blogs Saudi Arabia Travel Warnings City Guides Guide to Living in Al Khobar Guide to Living in Dhahran Guide to Living in Jeddah Guide to Living in Khamis Mushayt Guide to Living in Riyadh Resources Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Retiring in Al Khobar Saudi Arabia Comments Print Tweet Share Your Experiences with Retiring Abroad A retiree in Al Khobar who has lived all over the world talks about retiring abroad What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Al Khobar Why did you choose to retire abroad Why not Are you retired abroad all year or part of the year part of the year Why did you choose the country you retired to change countries every year Did you ever live abroad before you retired abroad Yup How long have you lived abroad since you retired abroad 15 years How many countries other than your home country have you lived in as a retiree 8 What have been the most challenging aspects of being retired abroad food What have been the most rewarding aspects of being retired abroad travel What would you do differently if you were just starting the retire abroad process have more cash at hand What is life like for a retiree in your city and its surroundings Is there an active expat community Cultural Attractions Recreation Nightlife you can find anything you want ANYwhere Start learning the language in use before you get there What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country How difficult was this process Please describe USA passport Not difficult at all to get Did you buy a home or apartment or rent one Is this a difficult process Please describe Rent Get references from friends Financially has living abroad in your host country met your expectations Exceeded them Always What are the most important financial considerations for retiring to your host country Good exchange rates An Account in the UK At all times have at least 2000 at hand How much can a retiree live on comfortably in your host country That s a ridiculous question Every person has his own comfort zone Do you have access to quality medical care Please describe is it close Expensive In Arab countries you do NOT In Europe you DO In America you DO In South America you DON T in China they let you ROT In Japan they send you to the USA Is there a lot of crime where you live Please describe Absolute NO CRIME in Saudi Lots of crime in Europe and South America Canada is rather safe Australia New Zealand Switzerland and Muslim countries no crime to speak of Describe available transportation where you

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  • Expat Exchange - Antalya - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    a large number of expats spread out in different areas There is an active group called Internations who hold a variety of events during the year In the area where my Turkish wife and I live there does not seem many expats living here Turkey is full of ancient ruins which are well worth seeing Istanbul has itself a great wealth of cultural activities as well as many sights to visit Here there are a variety of recreational activities to pursue with a wide diversity of nightlife suitable for all ages What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country How difficult was this process Please describe To live in Turkey it is best to obtain a residence permit These are quite easy to obtain from an Emniyet office that are in all main towns and cities You did have to obtain your first residence permit from the Turkish Embassy outside of Turkey this however may have now changed The cost of a residence permit varies depending on which countries passport you hold It is best to go online to check on the latest information Before you can obtain a residence permit you need to have either a rental agreement or a Tapu house deed title Your first residence permit will be for three months with your next for either six months or one year The longest you can obtain is for five years Under a new proposed law if you have had a residence permit for eight unbroken years you will be given a permanent visa At present a discussion is going on about compulsory health insurance this is very important as if you are over 65 yrs old it is virtually impossible to obtain your own health insurance policy The government has what is called SGK which an expat could join However at present this situation is unclear The British government is now in talks with the Turkish government to sort this situation out Did you buy a home or apartment or rent one Is this a difficult process Please describe I had a house built after buying a plot of land with a Turkish friend It is not difficult to buy property here but despite what UK and Turkish real estate agencies that you do not need to use a Avukat lawyer i recommend you use one It is best to ask other expats which lawyer they used as like anywhere some are better than others Renting is quite straightforward although in some cases you are required to pay upfront a payment for anything from one month to one year in advance Financially has living abroad in your host country met your expectations Exceeded them Yes Costs of electric gas and water are far cheaper than in the UK Also taxes are also less The cost of cars here are more than in the UK with 2nd hand car prices here very expensive compared to the UK Petrol and disel

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/96/65606/110/Turkey/Retirement-In-Antalya (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Aude & Herault Departments - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    it it is rather like being a child again and learning initially only those things you need to know and use every day It is difficult to have a spontaneous conversation with any French people as our vocabulary is so limited What is life like for a retiree in your city and its surroundings Is there an active expat community Cultural Attractions Recreation Nightlife There are lots of cultural activities in our region as we are close to both Carcassonne and Narbonne not too far from the coast with beautiful vineyards for miles around Lots of easy walks and the Canal du Midi to walk along Idylic on a fine spring or summer day and not that bad in winter either if well wrapped up against the cold It does get cold her in the South of France in the winter which many people do not count on We did our research and knew we could have temperatures of 15C at times between November and March However it is usually a fairly dry if cold winter What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country How difficult was this process Please describe As amember of the EU there were no restrictions on moving here but we had to ensure we brought all our documentations with us authorised copies of birth marriage divorce christneing certificates etc and anything else that could be needed Did you buy a home or apartment or rent one Is this a difficult process Please describe We had bought our home in 2004 and spent all our holidays winter and Summer at the house making a few changes and keeping the garden in check Like any purchase in a foreign country there are different rules and regulations so it is as well to ensure you have a reliable agent and notaire to guide the process If French is not your first language or you are not fluent or your notaire is not bi lingual then it is a requirement to have an authorised translator at the signings Financially has living abroad in your host country met your expectations Exceeded them The exchange rate fluctuations make budgeting a little chaotic at times but on the whole we have not had any financial worries so far Having said that we did ensure we were mortgage free and had a bit of savings in the bank before moving to cope with any unexpected emergencies Day to day living can be as inexpensive or as expensive as you make it If you keep going out for coffees drinks or meals then your budget will rocket fast What are the most important financial considerations for retiring to your host country Having done a sensible budgetary forecast ensuring that you keep within your spending limits and continue putting money into savings If you use savings for a big project or emergency be sure to replace them so that your capital does not diminish as the exchange

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  • Expat Exchange - Belize City - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    thru For those of us who live here there is a night life a cultural center casino theatre gyms etc The expats are here and we all eventually find each other drinking at the British barracks or local bars and wine clubs There is an international woman s group but I do not attend What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country How difficult was this process Please describe It was very simple please go onto the Belize tourist board website and check out Qualified retirement persons package We had no problem it was easy and maintaining it annually is easy too You can join this program from aged 40 onwards Did you buy a home or apartment or rent one Is this a difficult process Please describe Purchased a home in an auction It was very easy We purchased before we were even residents of Belize To do that we needed a us dollar bank acct here it was easy to do Financially has living abroad in your host country met your expectations Exceeded them It has met our expectations and exceeded them we live a good life eat well and are very happy What are the most important financial considerations for retiring to your host country As with any country that you have enough of a pension to live the life you want That has more to do with how you have lived your life before you retire How much can a retiree live on comfortably in your host country That is such a leading answer The QRP package requires that you bring 2000 us dollars into the country per month For those not taking the QRP package and taking up plain residency takes a year to do there are people living on a lot less than 2000 US and living comfortably Do you have access to quality medical care Please describe is it close Expensive Yes Belize city has the three best hospitals in the country For simple things they are very good and cheap compared with the US but for cancer that sort of thing people go to the states You can get private medical insurance as a member of the caricom which in our case includes treatment elsewhere if it is not available here in Belize People who don t have medical insurance use Guatemala city Merida Mexico or panama for medical procedures For members of the public using public health centers and hospitals the waits can be very long and the care patchy I would not suggest people come here with terminal illnesses as belizes not equipped to deal with that Is there a lot of crime where you live Please describe Supposedly l yes Belize city is one of the most dangerous cities in the world But it only has 60000 people in it mostly during the weekdays The killings tend to be gang related drug related In a specific area south side We live

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  • Expat Exchange - Brussels - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Retiring in Brussels Belgium Comments Print Tweet Share Your Experiences with Retiring Abroad Brussels Belgium Authors of the book Retiring in Belgium a Guide for Expats moved to Belgium for work and decided to remain in Brussels for retirement They enjoy the international nature of Brussels quality health care wonderful cuisine and friends What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Brussels Why did you choose to retire abroad Worked in Brussels for some years and decided to stay on once we reached retirement age Life is very good here and we particularly enjoy the international nature of Brussels Are you retired abroad all year or part of the year all year Why did you choose the country you retired to We knew it well from having worked here Did you ever live abroad before you retired abroad Yes We lived here in Belgium as working professionals How long have you lived abroad since you retired abroad Moved to Belgium in 1996 retired in 2004 How many countries other than your home country have you lived in as a retiree none What have been the most challenging aspects of being retired abroad Living away from close family What have been the most rewarding aspects of being retired abroad Remaining in the city that we knew well from working here A wide range of friends comfortable housing wonderful cuisine good healthcare What would you do differently if you were just starting the retire abroad process Nothing What is life like for a retiree in your city and its surroundings Is there an active expat community Cultural Attractions Recreation Nightlife We wrote a book entitled Retiring in Belgium a Guide for Expats packed with information for expats thinking of retiring in Belgium In order to buy a copy all proceed to go charity link to the website www chsbelgium org What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country How difficult was this process Please describe As an EU national with a working record in Belgium it is completely straightforward Did you buy a home or apartment or rent one Is this a difficult process Please describe Bought an apartment Easy Financially has living abroad in your host country met your expectations Exceeded them Met them What are the most important financial considerations for retiring to your host country A steady pension income Belgium is not markedly more expensive than the UK How much can a retiree live on comfortably in your host country Depends on your lifestyle Do you have access to quality medical care Please describe is it close Expensive Yes The care is excellent and plentiful in Brussels It is more expensive than the NHS in the UK but worth paying more for Is there a lot of crime where you live Please describe No more crime here than in any

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  • Expat Exchange - Cuenca - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    retired abroad Learning Spanish What have been the most rewarding aspects of being retired abroad Making friends with Ecuadorians and the great choice of year around fresh vegetables and fruits What would you do differently if you were just starting the retire abroad process I think I did all the research I needed and am still happy with my decision to move to Cuenca What is life like for a retiree in your city and its surroundings Is there an active expat community Cultural Attractions Recreation Nightlife Many expat activities in Cuenca and great affordable restaurants Beautiful scenery and lots of great places to visit in the Andes and the beaches What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country How difficult was this process Please describe Proof of at least 800 a month income FBI and local police report birth certificate and if applies divorce papers or marriage certificate All need to be notarized and apostle stamped You can hire a lawyer or do it yourself at the local Immigration office here takes about 3 months to receive your residency card good for ten years I have a blog about the process AAA Living in Cuenca gas2335 blogspot com or book available on amazon Why Ecuador for me Did you buy a home or apartment or rent one Is this a difficult process Please describe I rent a two bedroom two bathroom condo on the 11th floor on the Rio Tomebamba 24 hour security guards underground parking I pay 300 a month for rent gas 8 water 10 cable 52 internet 34 and security is 50 Financially has living abroad in your host country met your expectations Exceeded them I live on about 1000 a month as a single guy Of course what you spend will depend on your lifestyle What are the most important financial considerations for retiring to your host country Choosing the lifestyle that is affordable to you I have friends that live on 5000 a month but they have higher cost accommodations and travel a lot eat our often etc How much can a retiree live on comfortably in your host country One thousand a month for a single and 1500 for a couple Do you have access to quality medical care Please describe is it close Expensive Your choice of the free hospital or higher cost facilities Also qualify for the Social Security hospital here 100 coverage for 72 a month Is there a lot of crime where you live Please describe Not a lot of crime in Cuenca but people need to us common since living here as they would in any city Describe available transportation where you live Do you need a car Is there access to safe public transportation Buses are 25c taxi s around the city around 3 I just purchased a car which is costly here but gas is just 1 46 a gallon Great bus and van services around the country

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  • Expat Exchange - Dubrovnik - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    of Diocletian in Split as an example no doubt Dubrovnik and many more ancient towns and places And however winters are chilly sprig starts early and summer ends late all of it at the coast under palm trees oranges and lemons It s nature is pure and mainly unspoiled with a high amount of national parks and protected areas Life is easy going still in this catholic country especially in Dalmatia If you have seen enough stress heard enough noise Croatia is a perfect place to retire and depending on your needs life is cheap too Did you ever live abroad before you retired abroad No How long have you lived abroad since you retired abroad Two years and a couple of long term trials before that How many countries other than your home country have you lived in as a retiree None What have been the most challenging aspects of being retired abroad Any move to a different country other than just visiting or on holidays is a step into another administration Sometimes pretty irritating but all of it worth the effort What have been the most rewarding aspects of being retired abroad The feeling inside What would you do differently if you were just starting the retire abroad process At least try to communicate in it s language a bit However Croatia like most modern Western countries is easy when you speak English as much of it s information is available in English And youngsters do understand or speak it too being modern kids from modern schools What is life like for a retiree in your city and its surroundings Is there an active expat community Cultural Attractions Recreation Nightlife No need for expat communities but with a couple of international friends too Croatia knows many cultural attractions especially in Zagreb and Split with tons of festivals concerts and expositions Recreation certainly for active people is all around and at least half the year the Adriatic offers all options for water lovers What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country How difficult was this process Please describe A visum to start with a permit after that and no it s not as easy as it could should be for retiring people bringing their money with them I still say hey Zagreb the capital get some more people like us Did you buy a home or apartment or rent one Is this a difficult process Please describe We built one and no it s not an easy process Building is a bargain over here the quality is ok but the paper shit may kill you And more important the registration of ownership in Croatia still is horrible so TAKE CARE that your dream property does not become a nightmare Financially has living abroad in your host country met your expectations Exceeded them Absolutely as all in all it s a cheap country to live in What are the most important financial

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